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Mentoring Matters!


Mentoring Matters!

Chintan Oza is a member of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Asia-Pacific Region Leadership Team, representing India. He is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur, investor in ICT, Telecommunications, Electric Vehicles. He brings a wealth of wisdom and experience in creating, building, investing, and supporting entrepreneurs.

I conducted more than one thousand office hours in the last 3 years. These Entrepreneurs are from various countries, solving problems by building products and services to serve their target customers. The founders I work with are mostly pre-seed, seed and pre series A stages. Along with the mentee, I go through the pitch, understand challenges of the founder, and guide them with my experience. I prefer to mentor on go to market and scale up. I strongly believe that every entrepreneur and aspiring entrepreneur must have a mentor. I am sharing my views with this article.

Why everyone should have a Mentor

A mentor is a trusted advisor who can help you navigate your career, personal development, or other areas of your life. They can provide guidance, support, and feedback, and help you reach your goals. The benefits of having a mentor can be described below. Yes, this is not an exhaustive list 🙂

  1. Mentorship can help you develop your career. A mentor can share their knowledge and experience with you, and help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your career. They can also help you network with other professionals and give you advice on how to advance your career.
  2. Mentorship can help you with your personal development. A mentor can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for personal growth. They can also offer support and guidance as you work to achieve your goals.
  3. Mentorship can help you build relationships. A mentor can introduce you to new people, and help you build a network of support. They can also help you learn how to interact with others in a professional setting.

For more on mentorship from Chintan, including ways to contact a mentor, what to look for in a mentor, and ways to build a lifelong professional connection, see this full post on LinkedIn.